It’s still surprising that Friday the 13th was nominated for Worst Picture at the first ever Razzie Awards considering it’s one of the most emulated slashers of all time.
Even though it was made to cash in on the success of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) – one of the films cited to establish and popularise the slasher genre – Friday the 13th has become a huge success in its own right, creating many of its own tropes – such as the chasing through the woods scenes – that are often imitated in the slasher films that followed it.
Friday the 13th is successful and was clearly inspiring enough to have 12 films in its series with prequels, sequels, reboots and a crossover, along with a TV series, an 8-bit video game and a multiplayer survivalist game.
There’s so much that the film has to offer from its atmosphere and grisly deaths, to that iconic hockey mask worn by villain Jason Voorhees that it hardly makes any sense for Friday the 13th to receive a nomination for Worst Picture.
Whilst the film was trashed by critics upon its release, it’s always been a favourite for horror enthusiasts, showing once more that film critics perhaps have no real understanding of the horror genre.